Substantive short articles on Marxian sociology

Populism and the Limits of Business Power

Populism has become a formidable political force across the world, ranging from Trump and Bolsonaro in the Americas to Duterte and Modi in Asia as well as Brexit and a variety of populist movements across Europe. While populism comes in different forms, conventionally grouped into exclusionary right-wing and inclusionary [...]

By |2022-10-05T06:56:23-04:00Oct 5, 2022|

Why a 19th century concept of “social murder” is very much relevant today

The social murder concept makes explicit the source of excessive morbidity and premature death experienced by the working class in today’s society. Hopefully, it can stimulate public resistance to our exploitative economic system that sickens and then kills so many today.

By |2022-09-28T06:26:27-04:00Sep 28, 2022|

Reorganizing the Core: Precarity, Organizing and the Labour Process in South African Manufacturing

Much of the analytical focus on the conditions of precarious work has been centred in the Global North. This can, in part, be explained by the novelty of the phenomenon in contrast to the Global South where paid work, to some extent, has always been precarious. In South Africa, [...]

By |2022-09-21T20:07:51-04:00Sep 21, 2022|

How Are Unions Building Power in an Anti-Labor Era?

There is neither a discernible overarching vision that unites all workers and aids in broad class solidarity nor an easy way of layering strategies so that they serve complementary ends. Whether this misalignment proves damning for labor remains to be seen.

By |2022-09-14T10:14:09-04:00Sep 14, 2022|

Corporations that fund food banks do so out of self-interest

Food banks delude the public into thinking food insecurity and hunger are being managed.  Food banks allow governing authorities off the hook. Instead of passing laws and regulations and developing policies to reduce poverty and low wages, governments contribute funding to food banks.

By |2022-09-07T12:02:17-04:00Sep 7, 2022|

Domestic workers building power in hostile Indian cities

How are the affluent classes' instruments of control and power becoming the means of resistance for the urban poor against those very affluent classes as their employers? The actions of domestic workers in India are tied to the processes of how Indian cities have developed over the last three decades. Elaborating on these actions, I do not intend to say that domestic workers disrupting GNs is a widespread phenomenon across Indian cities. Instead, I use the workers' experiences in these two Indian cities to hint at political futures which, if harnessed, can transform the social standing of some of the most marginalized workers in Indian society.

By |2022-08-31T20:59:05-04:00Aug 31, 2022|

On financialization and social reproduction

My article in Capital and Class extends Marxist feminist critiques of social reproduction to explain the ways global financialization processes affect social reproduction patterns in the era of neoliberalization (1997-present) in South Korea. I focus on the question of how financialization affects contingent workers' livability.

By |2022-08-17T11:55:18-04:00Aug 17, 2022|

Then and Now: Women’s Struggles and Solidarity in China’s Ride-Hailing Industry

The communicative space, such as WeChat and TikTok is another arena for social reproduction, where female platform drivers organize cooperative child-care arrangements with other female drivers so that they can drive longer, or work at a particular time. Nonetheless, the communicative space also forges mutual support and creates a community of shared responsibilities in the absence of a shared workplace, thereby creating the potential for women workers to resist platform control, sexual exploitation and harassment, and gender-based violence in the workplace.

By |2022-07-27T10:47:35-04:00Jul 27, 2022|

Learning about pay at work: What makes it so hard?

From an employer’s perspective, keeping information about the pay system, such as the composition of a pay package, parameters of each pay component, average pay levels, pay ranges etc., under control is to their advantage. It is not to say that employers would prefer keeping workers completely in the dark about the incentive structure. Rather, employers tend to ensure that ‘just enough’ is known to workers for motivational purposes.

By |2022-06-22T14:43:08-04:00Jun 22, 2022|

Studying Chinese Industry Shows that the “Race to the Bottom” Narrative is Not So Simple

Even if China manages to move up in global value chains, without a paradigm shift and reorientation toward more balanced development focusing on peoples’ livelihoods, labor rights, social equity, and ecological sustainability that goes beyond the conventional developmental state, the prospects for China to escape the pitfalls of the energy-intensive, mass-consumption model remain dim.

By |2022-06-08T10:35:47-04:00Jun 8, 2022|
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